Zinedine Zidane’s side failed to make one of their games in hand count as two early goals cost them dearly at the Mestalla
Valencia handed a major boost to Barcelona and Sevilla in LaLiga’s title race as they beat Real Madrid 2-1 at Mestalla.
Two goals in the first nine minutes allowed Voro’s side to record only their second victory over Madrid in 15 league meetings and bring the leaders’ six-game unbeaten run in all competitions to an end.
Simone Zaza’s spectacular turn and half-volley after four minutes had the home fans on their feet, and they were sent into raptures when Fabian Orellana scored his fifth goal of the season following a clinical counter-attack soon afterwards.
Madrid began to regain some composure and Cristiano Ronaldo headed home just before the end of a breathless first half of football to give his side some hope.
Ronaldo saw a penalty appeal turned down as Madrid built some sustained pressure after half-time, but despite the visitors enjoying nearly 72 per cent of the possession, Diego Alves went largely unworried in the Valencia goal.
A surprisingly toothless attack was unable to fashion a late equaliser, meaning Madrid remain just a point above second-place Barca in the table, though they still have a game in hand. Valencia climb to 14th.